My name is Jordan Morris. I am a professional soccer player for Seattle Sounders FC. I am a Type 1 Diabetic, diagnosed at age nine. Diabetes is a big part of my life, but it does not define me. My passion is to make sure it does not define the lives of the volumes of children living with it today. The Jordan Morris Foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for T1D and inspiring and supporting young people dealing with the disease.
Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that enables people to get energy from food. It occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas, called beta cells. Type 1 diabetes strikes both children and adults at any age. It comes on suddenly, causes dependence on injected or pumped insulin for life, and carries the constant threat of devastating complications. Individuals with T1D can with varying degrees get complications of heart disease, blindness, kidney disease and nerve disease among others. Life expectancy for children with T1D is 13 years less those without it.
Two hundred thousand children and youth are living with T1D in the United States. Every day 50 more young people are diagnosed with the disease. Without a cure by the year 2050 it is expected that 600,000 children will be living with diabetes.
Living with T1D is a constant challenge. Children with the disease must carefully balance insulin doses (either by injections multiple times a day or continuous infusion through a pump) with eating and other activities throughout the day and night. They must also measure their blood-glucose level by pricking their fingers for blood six or more times a day. Despite this constant attention, they still run the risk of dangerous high or low blood-glucose levels, both of which can be life threatening. People with T1D overcome these challenges on a daily basis.
The mission of the JORDAN MORRIS FOUNDATION is to help find the cure for T1D and to educate, inspire and support the lives of children with the disease. My goal is to accomplish this through fundraising and outreach to children and youth with T1D.
- Fundraising is done in partnership with the Seattle Foundation. http://www.seattlefoundation.org
All donations will be used to support my mission of finding the cure and enriching the lives of children with T1D.
Funds will be used for grants to organizations such as:
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), Benaroya Research Institute, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Camp Leo among others and future events for T1D children such as T1D soccer camps and school education.
We greatly appreciate any donation large or small. Your support of our foundation’s goals are what will make it work. Donate Here
I want to use my blessing as a professional athlete to inspire children and youth with T1D to dream big, achieve their goals and be proud of who they are and what they are accomplishing by just living with this disease. I am inspired every time I get the chance to meet with young T1D’s. My foundation offers events supporting these young people individually and in groups. We hope to continue to provide more in the future with all your support. Thank you! please see the events page in the menus above for more information.